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Brazil musician Nana Vasconcelos passes away

Acclaimed Brazil musician Naná Vasconcelos passed away due to lung cancer in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife. He was 71.

He was 8 time Grammy Award-winning Brazilian percussionist known for his wide instrumental range and major role in free spirited jazz and world music of the 1970s and 1980s.

About Naná Vasconcelos

  • Born on 2 August 1944 in Recife, Brazil.
  • Vasconcelos was master of a single-string, multi-toned Afro-Brazilian instrument the berimbau (in Portuguese).
  • He is best known for collaborations with Brazilians Milton Nascimento and Egberto Gismonti, Argentine Gato Barbieri and Americans Don Cherry and Pat Metheny.
  • The Down Beat Critics Poll had awarded him with the Best Percussionist of the Year by for seven consecutive years from 1984 to 1990.

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